New Mexico State University Regents Approve Higher Admission Standards

LAS CRUCES, N.M. ― New Mexico State University’s admissions requirements will be going up.

The NMSU regents on Wednesday voted to increase the minimum grade-point average during high school to 2.75, up from 2.5, in the fall of 2016.

The regents conditioned their approval on NMSU also using a so-called “alternative pathway” allowing students who don’t meet the higher requirement to transfer to NMSU after attending community college and maintaining a GPA of at least 2.75.

Officials say they hope the move will help more students complete college while lowering their student debt if they don’t.

The University of New Mexico is expected to revisit a similar proposal that in the past has drawn fire for civil rights advocates.

Latino groups have said higher admission standards could affect the Hispanic student enrollment.